Saturday, October 26, 2013

Western Mass Regional Meeting At Mt. HolyokeCollege

Reporting from inside the meeting....

Amnesty Western Mass Regional Meeting
At Mt. HolyokeCollege
No required registration fee,
but the organizing committee will appreciate
free-will donations, according to your ability to donate
Pre-meeting coffee and bagel, and lunch are included
Date and TimeSaturday, October 26, 10 AM to 2 PM. (Try to arrive before 10 AM to register.)
LocationKendade Building, the Atrium, Room is Cleveland L1 / L2.
Preliminary AgendaAmnesty Northeast Regional Coordinator, Cynthia Gabriel, will give summaries of the fall-winter Amnesty program in the northeast. There will be workshop sessions on networking, outreach, coordinating with other Amnesty groups and other human rights groups, and more. There will be announcements and discussions of programs and activities of various college and community chapters. Members of Amnesty-Amherst-Group 128 will attend.
***There is good free bus service between the campuses. But if anyone needs other transportation, please let us know, we'll try to help. ( / )

If taking a campus bus:  At town center Common, bus turns onto Church St. (Church St. starts at route 116 at town center Common, so only one direction it can go). Get off at the first stop, at Gateway Road. Walk a short way on Gateway Rd., Kendade is on your right, just after the Carr building.
If driving:  From whatever direction you are coming, when you get to town center Common, turn onto Church St. (it starts at town center Common, and a church is at the corner of the street), then turn right onto Gateway Rd. There is some parking on the left side of Gateway Rd., across from Carr, Kendade, and Clapp buildings. There is also some parking on Church St., just before Gateway Rd.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

October events in Western Massachusetts

Amnesty International Chapters in Western Mass are getting very active this month. No wonder, since students are back to this Students Hub and many college chapters are waking up from Summer Hibernation!

Our Chapter is in the mid of this events. Our weekly tabling continues to be a success bringing many activists together to get updates from the active members of AI-128 who facilitate the table.
We are looking forward to the monthly meeting to finalize the Human Rights Day activities.

We also are part of the Student and Local Chapters training event scheduled for 10/26 (next Sat) at Mount Holyoke College.

Our active member (at Large), Attorney Abdelrahman Gasim is a major contributor to our Chapter Facebook page. He almost daily updates the page with human rights news from Kampala, Uganda where he' stationed. Thankd Mr. Gasim!
He posts in Arabic:

هيئة محامي دارفور
اعتقل الأمن و المخابرات السوداني بمدينة نيالا الاستاذ ادم محمد شريف المحامي امس ٢٦ سبتمبر ٢٠١٣ ، الاستاذ ادم شريف من المحامين النشطاء في مدينة نيالا و هو منسق هيئة محامي دارفور بولاية جنوب دارفور 
and also in English:
Lawyers for Lawyers letter to the President Omar al Bashir
Sudan Lawyer detained without charge
11 Oct 13
On 26 September 2013 the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested Adam Sharief, a lawyer and the coordinator of the Darfur Bar Association in South Darfur. Sharief was arrested without "
charge and has not been granted access to a lawyer....

Thank you ustaz/Abdelrahman and keep the good work!